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High-level Investment Forum: Investing in landlocked developing countries - Trends, experiences and the way forward
30 September - 01 October 2008
Office of the United Nations
New York

Key Issues

Many landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) have liberalized their economies in recent years and opened up new sectors for private investors.

Public sector divestments and privatization have stimulated local entrepreneurial activities, while national investment promotion agencies of LLDCs have begun to target strategic investors from abroad to exploit new business opportunities or to help turn around loss-making State enterprises. However, despite these efforts, the total FDI flows to the group of 31 LLDCs remain insignificant.

The High-level Investment Forum is convened on the eve of the opening of the Mid-Term Review of the implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action.

The Forum aims to bring together policy makers and private sector practitioners from LLDCs, as well as current and prospective international investors to:

  • Analyze current trends in FDI flows to LLDCs

  • Exchange experiences and best practices

  • Explore future opportunities for FDI to these countries

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